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Cristiano Ronaldo handed a rest by Portugal boss Santos

The Real Madrid forward has been spared the friendly matches against Saudi Arabia and the USA and will remain in Valdebebas ahead of the Madrid derby.

Cristiano Ronaldo handed a rest by Portugal boss Santos
Emilio NaranjoEFE

Portugal national team coach Fernando Santos has left Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo out of his squad for the upcoming international break when the Selecção are scheduled to play two friendly games against Saudi Arabia and the USA, having already qualified for the 2018 World Cup.

Therefore the Portugal captain will remain at Valdebebas with the rest of the Real Madrid players who have not been called up for their national sides to prepare for the capital city derby against Atlético on November 18, Zinedine Zidane’s first Liga test after the break.

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Portugal squad

Beto, Anthony Lopes, José Sá; Antunes, Kevin Rodrigues, Pepe, Luís Neto, Ricardo Ferreira, Edgar Ié, Nélson Semedo, Ricardo Pereira, João Cancelo; Danilo Pereira, Rúben Neves, João Mário, Manuel Fernandes, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva; Rony Lopes, Gelson Martins, Bruma, Gonçalo Guedes, André Silva, Éder.


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